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22.09.2014
The future of Zim diamond mining hinges on political developments
farai_maguwu_preview.jpgOne of Zimbabwe’s most vocal critics of the state of diamond mining in Marange, Farai Maguwu, who is also the executive director of the Centre for Natural Resource Governance, said that while he is not armed with a “crystal ball” to foretell the future of diamond mining in Marange, he is of the view that this hinges on political developments in the country. He told Rough &Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa in an exclusive interview that it was a fact that alluvial diamond deposits had depleted on claims given to the current miners digging for stones in partnership with the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC), but there were some claims yet to be touched.

15.09.2014
More people are now opting for diamonds rather than plain gold jewellery, because they offer a greater investment opportunity and are trendier
rajiv_popley_preview.jpgRajiv Popley, Director of Popley Group, is well-known in the jewellery and watch sector in Mumbai. In the year 2006, Rajiv launched the first Indian boutiques for Tag Heuer and Omega. His passion for watches and luxury led him to build trade relations with Switzerland by fostering the Indo-Swiss society. Rajiv was also one of the first few to launch platinum jewellery India in association with Platinum Guild International. He has been promoting this rare metal for over a decade. In an interview with Rough&Polished, Rajiv sees the Indian jewellery market becoming more demand-driven with the younger generation playing a major part in the future.

08.09.2014
De Beers opens door for non-sightholder diamond businesses
lynette_gould_substitute_preview.jpgDe Beers said the proposed amendments to the group’s allocations model will involve a new method for determining Global Sightholder Sales’ rough diamond customer-base, with a simplified, compliance and demand-based customer qualification process being introduced. The group’s head of media relations Lynette Gould told Rough&Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa in an exclusive interview that non-Sightholder diamond businesses that meet the compliance requirements, but have not demonstrated sufficient demand for primary source De Beers rough diamonds over a reference period, would be eligible to purchase the so-called Ex plan rough diamonds.





Belgium's Polished Exports +8%, Imports +28% in May

17.06.2013

Belgium's polished diamond exports rose 7.7 percent year on year in May to $1.271 billion, while the price per carat jumped 12.5 percent to $1,993, according to data collected by the Antwerp World Diamond Centre. However, polished diamond imports surged 27.9 percent to $1.314 billion, leaving Belgium with a net polished export deficit of $43 million compared with net exports worth $154 million in May 2012.
Rough imports fell 5.4 percent in May to $1.051 billion and rough exports increased 6.1 percent to $1.221 billion. The data resulted in a rough import deficit of $170 million during the month compared with a deficit of $40 million one year ago. Belgium's net diamond account for May, reflecting the net difference between exports and imports, plummeted to a deficit of $3 million compared with a surplus of $194 million one year ago.
During the first five months of 2013, Belgium has exported $5.778 billion worth of polished diamonds, up 1.4 percent year-on-year, while polished imports have fallen 2.3 percent to $5.542 billion. Net exports of polished diamonds totaled $236 million compared with only $24 million for the same period in 2012. Rough imports of $5.929 billion during the first five months reflected a 5.5 percent year on year increase, and yet rough exports have risen 6.3 percent to $6.333 billion, leaving an import deficit of $404 million compared with a deficit of $335 million.
Belgium's net diamond account for the January through May period improved 78.3 percent year on year to $640 million.

Alex Shishlo, Editor in Chief of the European Bureau, Rough&Polished

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